JOSEPH COPELAND, a prosperous farmer of Wayne township, Jefferson county, was born near Bloomfield, Ohio, January 6, 1800, the son of James Copeland, who was born in Ireland about 1769, and died November 1831. The mother of our subject was Mary (Leach) Copeland, a native of Wales, who died in August 1831. She was the second child of Samuel and Margaret Copeland and Mrs. Jane Speck. The subject of this mention is the only survivor of eleven children of his parents, the names of those decesed being: Thomas, Samuel, James, John, Mrs. Mary Parks, Mrs. Susan Shepler, Mrs. Jane Dodd, Margaret, Mrs. Nancy Mather and Mrs. Isabelle Dodds. Mr. Copeland in childhood had limited advantages for education, attending subscription schools occassional winters up to his fifteenth year. His time was then too valuable and he was too much needed on the farm of his own, and has since met with deserved success, being an industrious and enterprising man. He is well known throughout the county, and is highly esteemed by all. Mr. Copeland has never married. In political affairs he is a thorough democrat.
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